Pseudo-outbreak of Penicillium in an outpatient obstetrics and gynecology clinic

Geetika Sood, Kerri Huber, Lisa Dam, Stefan Riedel, Lisa Grubb, Jonathan Zenilman, Trish M. Perl, Cynthia Argani

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Abstract

We report an unusual pseudo-outbreak of Penicillium that occurred in patients seen in an outpatient obstetrics and gynecology clinic. The pseudo-outbreak was detected in late 2012, when the microbiology department reported a series of vaginal cultures positive for Penicillium spp. Our investigation found Penicillium spp in both patient and environmental samples and was potentially associated with the practice of wetting gloves with tap water by a health care worker prior to patient examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-558
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Penicillium
  • Pseudo-outbreak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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